Want to Reduce Your Stress or Anxiety? Here are 20 Things to Try!
Our lives are busier than ever – and excessive stress, for many, seems like an unavoidable ingredient that’s been thrown into the mix of life.
For some people, heightened levels of stress can lead to anxiety symptoms, and if left untreated, can start to impact on relationships and work.
Stress and/or anxious feelings may manifest into worsening symptoms for many, such as chronic or generalised anxiety, panic attacks, low mood, depression, or other emotional problems.
Catch yourself next time you’re starting to feel stressed, and start to address it, before it starts to linger, or grow.
Learning to include some of these ideas into your everyday lifestyle, is a good way to keep on top of your self-care, and minimise stress longer term.
Exercise; walk, jog, play a team sport or hit the gym
Deep breathing exercises
Go swimming in the ocean, or walk on the beach
Rethink your intake: Are you eating a healthy & fresh, well balanced diet?
Try drinking herbal teas throughout your day (chamomile is a lovely choice for reducing nervous tension – more info here)
Reduce or eliminate caffeine & energy drinks
Consider taking a complex B vitamin supplement (More info here)
Consider taking a magnesium supplement (More info here)
Have a long warm bath, and light some candles
Get a Massage – and use essential oils if you can
Listen to music that you love
Increase your daily dose of hugs!
Start a daily ‘Thought Journal’ – and write out what is upsetting you / causing your stress
Practice mindfulness in some form, throughout your day (it may just be a few minutes here or there, but it can all be helpful – more information about some of the evidence for mindfulness practice to reduce stress can be found in this 3 min. video)
Talk to a good friend, or counsellor, and let it all out
Get more quality sleep (between 6-8 hours each night)
Enjoy nature – feel the grass or dirt on your feet, breathe in the fresh air
Reduce sugar in your diet; especially those sneaky refined ones that are hiding in your food and beverages!
Enjoy some sunshine each day – even if only for 5 minutes to sit in the sun, work on relaxing your body, and soak in those beautiful rays.
Wendy Gilroy is a Mother of 2, and a professional Counsellor for women. Wendy has a degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Addiction Studies, and a Diploma of Counselling. She lives in Sydney, Australia, and offers secure ONLINE counselling for women around the world, as well as telephone, face-to-face and home visit services for mums.
Disclaimer: This is for information purposes only. If you have any concerns about your physical or mental health, please consult your healthcare practitioner for medical advice.